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Kushner Goes Inside Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”

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Two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner’s new book, “The Mars Room” tells the story of Romy Hall who was serving two consecutive life sentences plus six years at the Stanville Women’s Correction Facility in California’s Central Valley. Roxanne says that the book “informs our understanding of prison life in a woman’s correctional facility in thrilling and ironic detail” and “helps us ponder a society that gives rise to these inevitabilities, disappointments, and injustices.” Also in this episode, we welcome back Lissa Muscatine, the owner of Politics & Prose in Washington DC for our segment “What’s on The Front Table.” Books in this episode: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky To purchase any of the books recommended by…

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6 Audiobooks that will be your instant companion

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One of the many great things about books is that they’re there for us when we’re by ourselves. They entertain us, they keep us company, they keep us occupied when we’re all alone. This is one of the great allures of audiobooks. Are you all alone in your car, stuck in traffic or making a painfully long journey? Just press play, and you have an instant companion. Are you on the treadmill and you need something to distract you from the burn in your muscles? Pop on the headphones, and you can be transported to another place and time while the bulge in your hips that you got from that extra helping of ice cream over the weekend melts away.…

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